Denys "Stalker" Rachynskyi is a fan of "Dynamo" (Kyiv) FC and a representative of the team "Ahnenerbe".
Denys Rachynskyi was born on August 17, 1998 in Kyiv. He studied in Kyiv at the Ukrainian College named after Sukhomlynsky. He received his bachelor’s degree having graduated from National Pedagogical University named after Drahomanov, where he studied at the Faculty of History and Archeology.
During his school years, he was very successful in martial arts, karate in particular. Since 2012, Denys began to take an active part in the life of the " Dynamo" fan movement. In his free time he would visit the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, study the area, and film everything he saw. The topic of his Bachelor's thesis was "Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the consequences of its disaster". He was interested in the history of his native land and managed to go to archaeological excavations of the Trypillian culture. When the Revolution of Dignity began, Denys, being a young man, went to the barricades to fight for a better future of his country. In 2015, he stood at the origins of the volunteer Civil Corps "Azov". A year later, he was one of those who initiated the fight against the illegal gambling business on the left bank of Kyiv. At the same time, he actively struggled against the pro-Russian propaganda materials distributed in the streets of the capital, which are now considered as banned in the Registry of Ukraine. Expressing an active position on all important social and political issues, at the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion, "Stalker", with his usual zeal rallied his friends to take up arms in the ranks of the Territorial Defence Forces. Denys went to the military enlistment office of Dniprovskyi district and having received weapons, joined the volunteer formation "Mriya", where from the first days of the great war he performed combat missions together with the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Denys Rachynskyi died on March 20 due to a missile attack on the shopping mall "Retroville", which was devastated. His comrade and teammate recall: - "There is footage from Podil district showing a rocket hitting an unknown place. The precise time of the attack was 22:46. 10 minutes later his girlfriend called me and asked if I knew where Denys was as she couldn’t get through to him. She said she was on the phone to him when the connection was abruptly cut off. The first thing I asked her to do was to check the time of the disconnection. She checked her phone to find that the time was 22:46. I understood that Denys was gone". Denys was the only son in the family. He was buried in the Forest Cemetery. After his death, the relatives and friends of the fallen soldier began to fight for the renaming of Chelyabinsk street (subject to decommunization) in honor of Denys Rachynsky.
Denys never told lies, was very honest and was not afraid to speak the truth. And it was not until his death that I realized what contribution he had made to our lives. And every time I come to his grave, I’d like to think that in heaven he is aware of my true feelings and thoughts. Thank you, Denis, for being a loyal, honest, and faithful friend to us all. Rest in peace.
That is how one of the representatives of the "Dynamo" fan movement and his close friend recalls him.